An otherwise average Vikings team now occupies the final NFC postseason spot thanks to the extraordinary play of Justin Jefferson.
On Monday, Jefferson hauled in his ninth TD catch of the season in Minnesota’s 17-9 victory over the Bears, moving the 7-7 Vikings up to the NFC’s 7-seed.
The Vikings were held to 61 passing yards, but the 22-year-old still managed to produce, continuing to make his case as the NFL’s most dynamic young receiver.
In the second year of a four-year, $13 million rookie contract, Jefferson’s just the 90th-highest-paid WR in the NFL, but he’s eligible for a 2023 extension potentially worth up to $140 million over five years — challenging Kirk Cousins’ $84 million contract for the biggest deal in team history.
But the Vikings still have a steep climb toward the postseason with games against the Rams, Packers, and Bears — Minnesota is currently +250* to reach the playoffs.